Dan was born in Philadelphia in 1957 to a mostly blue-collar, hard-working Irish family. His father was the first person on either side of the family to earn a college degree. It took him 9 years, working during the day, going to college at night, using the GI Bill. In the mid-60s, GE hired his dad as an engineer for the Apollo space program. Dan’s family packed up and moved to Florida, which is where Dan spent most of his childhood.
Dan’s primary interests through high school were basketball and surfing. His family attended church every Sunday, but it was’t until his senior year that Dan made a personal decision to become a Christian. In the spring of that same year, he met Cindi, the woman who would become his wife. They were married in 1976. Today, they have 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren.
During a personal retreat in 1977, Dan experienced a call to pastoral ministry. He began studying and preparing for the next several years. In 1985, he was ordained as a pastor and served in the same church for the next 25 years. In August 2010, after 3 of his novels were published by a major publishing house (Revell – Baker Publishing Group), Dan retired from ministry to write fulltime.
Dan’s novels have received popular and critical acclaim, getting rave reviews from USA Today and magazines like Publisher’s Weekly, Library Journal and RT Book Reviews. His very first, The Unfinished Gift, won 2 ACFW Carol Awards. It’s still in print 8 years later and has sold over 70,000 copies. It’s available in hardback, paperback, Ebook, audiobook, large-print and in several languages. His other books have won numerous awards and appeared on several national bestseller lists.
As of this moment, Dan has 17 novels on the shelves (soon to be 18). His first 13 were done with traditional publishers (Revell and Guideposts). At the end of 2014, recognizing that the majority of his readers were now buying online, Dan began to publish his novels “as an indie.” His 14th novel (the first to be published independently), is When Night Comes. It released in Nov, 2014 as Book 1 in the Jack Turner Suspense Series. Book 2, Remembering Dresden, released in May. Both novels have sold very well and received hundreds of 4-5 Star reviews on Amazon.
As an indie author, Dan now has the freedom to write both inspirational and suspense novels. Book 1 of his new inspirational Forever Home series, Rescuing Finley, released in November 2015. Book 2, Finding Riley, released last October. All the books in this series will feature a dog as a main character and also include a love story element. In 2017, Dan plans to release Book 3 in both of these series.
In addition to his writing, Dan also enjoys public speaking and is frequently invited to speak at writer’s conferences, either as a keynote speaker, or teaching workshops and seminars on a variety of writing topics. He has also begun to take on clients for fiction coaching.